The Right Thing to Do

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By Josephine Gattuso Hendin

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A young Italian American woman struggles to find her way between two cultures in this novel of "familial dignity . . . credibility and intelligence" (Kirkus Reviews).

On a stroll in his Queens neighborhood, Sicilian-born Nino Giardello glimpses his daughter, ambitious nineteen-year-old Gina, heading for the subway. Silently, he follows her to Manhattan and watches, outraged, as she walks into the arms of a golden-haired stranger. The incident confirms Nino's worst suspicions about his daughter, whose American lifestyle he sees as an insult to his heritage.

In a struggle that exceeds all boundaries, including death, father and daughter will engage in a conflict of generations, cultures, and sexes. Josephine Gattuso Hendin captures New York Italian immigrant life with startling precision, exploring the intricate web of a community's everyday transactions and the multifaceted father-daughter relationship at the heart of the Italian American family.

A coming-of-age novel that is both wryly funny and achingly sad, "The Right Thing to Do effectively portrays both New York's Italian immigrant milieu and one man's rage at his own powerlessness in the face of his child's hunger for life" (Booklist).
The Right Thing to Do